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Matera – European Capital of Culture

Matera Matera has been named 2019’s European Capital of Culture.  Matera is located in southern Italy in the region of Basilicata. The Sassi and the Park of the Rupestrian Churches of Matera is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Matera will be hosting a number of extraordinary events to celebrate being the capital of culture for 2019. […]

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Sambuca, Sicily Homes for 1 Euro

Sambuca, Sicily Homes for 1 Euro Sambuca is a hilltop town in Sicily wherein you can currently buy a home for 1 Euro.  Many other Italian towns have offered homes for sale at or near this price in the hopes of reviving their villages.  As you may have seen from other minimal cost homes sold […]

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Handmade Egg Pasta

Handmade Egg Pasta Here’s a handmade egg pasta recipe and a video which shows how to shape it 9 ways. Ingredients 500 grams  00 Flour (Italian) or All-Purpose Flour 5 Eggs (large, room temperature) Mixing and Kneading the Egg Pasta Dough: Weigh 500 grams of 00 Flour and place onto the wooden board or work […]

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Halloween Vocabulary

Halloween Vocabulary Halloween in Italy is not traditionally celebrated as in the United States. Italy celebrates All Saints’ Day which is a public holiday on November 1st.  In recent years, the Halloween custom has been acquired by Italy wherein children dress in costumes.  Also, many business display halloween related decorations and treats such Halloween related […]

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All Saint’s Day

All Saint’s Day All Saint’s Day or Festa di Tutti I Sant or Ognissanti, is a religious and official national holiday in Italy celebrating Catholic saints.  Schools are closed and many businesses are closed.  Here’s a video explaining some of the traditions of this holiday in Italy.  Video from youtube

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Social media

Social Media Whether you prefer Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Pinterest, Snapchat or another, social or messaging media has become a new easy way of communicating and keeping in touch with others. As I’m well into my fourth year living in Italy, I’ve become more reliant on social media to keep in touch with my family and […]

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Lamborghini for the Italian police

Lamborghini for the Italian police Yes, Lamborghini driven by the Italian police. For many years, Lamborghini and the Italian police have launched a partnership. “We are very proud to continue our collaboration with the police and to be able to contribute to bringing the forces of law and order closer to the people,” Lamborghini’s chairman and […]

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Nespresso – George Clooney

Nespresso – George Clooney Nespresso, known for its coffee machines and capsules puts out fun commercials starring George Clooney.  Here’s a commercial released on October 16th, 2018 called “The Quest” with George Clooney andGame of Thrones” actress Natalie Dormer. . www.nespresso.com

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Italian summer words

Italian summer words Learning Italian?  Practice with the below short clip. Here’s a video with photos to help you learn some Italian words related to summer.  At the end of the video, there will be a review to test your memory.  Words include: Ice cream, Shorts, Beach, Sun, Hot, t-shirt, Sandals, Watermelon, Bathing suit and Fishing.  Video from youtube courtesy of ItalianPod101.com “Italy […]

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The 4th Year In Italy: Is It The Deciding Year?

The 4th Year In Italy: Is It The Deciding Year? July 14th began the start of my 4th year living in Florence. In the title, I questioned whether it is the deciding year because a lot of expats I have known have either returned to America or moved on to another city after living in Florence […]

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